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Mobile Tablesaw Base, Part 1

Here’s the start of my mobile tablesaw base. I’m riffing off of this design.

Started by dismantling the saw, as is my habit.

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Goodbye, old friend

Well, I finally had to throw in the towel on my old, second-hand, auction-bought tablesaw. It was my first tablesaw, and I hoped it would be my second-to-last tablesaw, too. My goal was to make it last until I bought “The Last Saw I’d Ever Own.” You know: the 3HP, 52-inch capacity cabinet saw that would have to be dropped in place by crane and not moved again until 2 weeks after my funeral. Read more

Gloom, despair, and agony on me …

… Deep, dark depression!  Excessive misery! If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all! Gloom, despair, and agony on me!

The folks around the office are getting tired of me whining that my home computer is out of commission. A lot of you are saying, “so what? It’s just a computer.” Please bear in mind that, as a multimedia editor, this is the equivalent of going from a 5-packs-a-day habit to a cold-turkey-quit. I’m an unrepentant addict. Read more

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Finally!

As my loyal, loyal readers know (I see you, Dave. Don’t you have a meeting?), the move from the Sooner state saw most of my tools left behind in a defunct dairy bar on my parents’ rambling country estate.  But now that we’ve settled back down into Mortgage-town, the remainder of my tools have managed to make their way into my garage.

First order of business, fix up my neglected old tablesaw. I bought a early-to-mid-80s Craftsman contractor saw at an auction a few years back. Plus, a friend and employer from way back in my construction days was retiring and generously gave me a nearly identical saw. I took the best parts of both saws and came up with Frankensaw:

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Best tool deal?

So, the Grizzly Tent Sale along with the recent article in issue 179, “The Best Tool I Ever Bought,” got me thinking about this question. What is the best tool deal I ever got? I think this is a question that has some real discussion potential. It’s the woodworking equivalent of old war stories. So, I’ll start.
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